"However the concept [motorized zoom] failed to gain widespread acceptance amongst enthusiast photographers, mainly because motorized zoom controls have historically been unable to match the speed, directness, and precision of composition offered by conventional mechanical zoom controls."
So this is another piece of equipment with video inspired features that are inappropriate and inconvenient for still photographers.
Are the camcorder companies (actually the camcorder divisions of the same companies) just rolling over and allowing the video business to be stolen by these weird hybrids? Aren't there any high performance dedicated video cameras that don't cost $20,000?
I can see the future now: eventually still cameras will be so crapped up with video junk that the manufacturers will introduce "video-free" versions at a higher price.
Maybe the 75/1.8 will cause a drop in the fleabay price of the old (but very good) Olympus Pen 60/1.5.(Another lens that I "need" really badly, but can't afford.)
schaki: Yet not even APS-C sensor size...
@citizenloule: +1 for the E-620!
I'd be really curious to see a size comparison picture showing the E-620 and OMD.
Is that a K5 in the comparison picture? If so, the K01 is smaller by just the size of the pentaprism and the handgrip, both of which I'd rather have.
I don't see the advantage, and I'm not interested.
Plus, while I don't generally buy cameras based on their appearance, this one is so toy-like I'd be embarrassed to be seen with it. (Matter of taste, of course.)
The 31mm f1.8 is a full frame (film) lens isn't it?It IS a little odd that all of the manufacturers of APS format slrs sell 50mm lenses and treat 35-ish lenses, which are really "normal" for that format, like red-headed step children.How about an purpose designed APS sized 33mm f1.4 that isn't the size of a bazooka?
(This is a criticism of ALL the companies, not just Pentax.)